Back in 2012, social justice in gaming reared its ugly head. They found a new community to infest with their ideology, and the culture war over gaming has been raging ever since. Back then groups of people who you’d never think would be on the same side of anything came together for one cause – to get people who are documented as not being part of any significant percentage of gaming from destroying a hobby that is near and dear to our hearts. Those were some interesting days. But now, seven years later, and things have come full circle. The pendulum has swung right back around, and instead of social justice being the loudest voice with their stupid bullshit (though they are still around), the ones I hear from most these days is whiny, bitchy conservatives who are REALLY butthurt.
Over what, you may ask? Well, how about Cyberpunk 2077‘s character creator. For those who didn’t know, the newest trailer for the game dropped, and it looks freakin’ glorious. Every time I see more of this game, the more hyped I get. The action looks great. The world looks fun. The driving mechanics look simplistic, but it gets the job done. Each part of this world has personality. One of the things they showed off was the character creator system. It seems that from the really long gameplay demo from last year, CDPR had some ideas on how to expand things. Part of that included taking away the strictly male or female character types. Instead, you start with a male-type build or a female-type build and can go from there. They wanted it to be deep. In a world all about transhumanism and surpassing physical limitations through cybernetics, this makes perfect sense.
As one might expect, this didn’t sit well with everyone. Indeed, conservative audiences decided to get their butthurt going REAL quick. They took to the Internet, mainly Twitter, and bitched and moaned at the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account about how they are so upset. Many of them claim that they either are or already have cancelled their preorders. Virtue a-fluttering as they say about how this is so disappointing and just them appeasing the “leftists”. Reading that stuff is like watching a small child throwing a temper tantrum because they didn’t get the toy they wanted exactly as they wanted it.
I am so DONE with this culture war that is going on between the butthurt left and the equally, if not moreso butthurt right. Both sides of this conflict are equally insufferable. I’m a liberal. Make no apologies for it. I’m not one of these “leftists” that conservatives like to label people who are on the left side of politics. I believe in open expression in the free marketplace of ideas. Whatever your point of view, everyone should have a platform. But both sides in this never-ending culture war just frustrate me. In 2014, where things escalated, I was on a live-stream with some people and they said that all the sides who came together would never grow apart. It would be a shared unity forever. If only they could see things now. The old battle lines are coming back, because social justice isn’t nearly the dragon it used to be.
What’s so funny about all this is that just recently, CDPR was labelled as “alt-right” by the games media circle-jerk. Now they are being labelled as a company who just kowtows to the left. Maybe now the left and the right can get behind hating this company together. Come together and brothers and sisters in arms for hating a company who is making some of the most reliably fantastic gaming experiences, to date.
That got me to thinking – yeah, let’s hate on people who make quality content because of one stupid issue that a person has. Maybe they can go back to Activision! I’m sure they will fill the void for their anti-leftist content. I’m not kidding. Companies will see a market here. Hell, Activision’s next entry in the CoD franchise is looking to be super edgy with its single player, putting a level from a previous game that was super controversial to shame with a game that goes super far into edgy darkness. Big AAA gaming companies are getting nervous, with their lootboxes and “surprise mechanics” (Fuck EA and that terminology) being looked at with scrutiny that goes so far that 2K now has a game that has open gambling in it. Governments of the world are looking to get involved. The ESA has been lobbying the fuck out of pretending there’s nothing wrong, but the sharks are circling. If the cash cow dies, AAA gaming is in trouble.
So maybe they can get on the pandering wagon. Works for Hollywood, so why wouldn’t gaming do it? Don’t like this game where you don’t have a strict gender option for a character, even though you can make a character who is straight male, you just don’t pick the gender right off the bat? Well don’t you worry! Activision’s got you! Or EA’s got you! How about Ubisoft? Marketing by pandering to a specific demographic who is tribalistic and easy to please, so long as you just give them whatever they want. Never mind that the games will be sub-par, riddled with microtransactions, half-baked, and probably part of some live-services boondoggle. At least you get your character creator to what you want, right?
I can’t imagine being so pathetic that I would throw an entire game in to the trash all because of something as stupid as not getting gender-specific character creation. A game that looks to have a deep story-line, combat reminiscent of Borderlands, and fun characters, but I’m just gonna hate on it because of one stupid thing that doesn’t really bother me anyway. You still have to choose what kind of pronouns will be associated with this character. So you can make your male power fantasy character. Or, if you want a female build with a male voice and a beard, you can have that too. In this future, you can be whatever kind of person you want. That sounds like fun to me. I guess the tribalistic right doesn’t agree.
Until next time, a quote,
“One sure-fire way to get noticed is to pander to a fandom. Or as I like to call it, a pandom.” – JelloApocalypse, Welcome to Tumblr